Francis Scott Key Memorial

Rock Creek Park

Francis Scott Key Memorial and Park

Quick Facts

Location:
34th and M Street, NW, Washington DC
Significance:
Francis Scott Key owned a Georgetown house next to this site.
OPEN TO PUBLIC:
Yes

The small but formal park and memorial is located at 34th and M Street, NW, Washington DC, in the Georgetown neighborhood. The site includes a bronze bust of Francis Scott Key, wayside exhibits explaining his story, and an American flag depicting the year 1814 when Key penned his now famous poem.

Author of the Star Spangled Banner, Francis Scott Key and his family lived in a house practically bordering the contemporary memorial from circa 1805 to 1830. After serving as a series of private businesses, the house was eventually dismantled and stored at the location of the memorial in 1947 for the construction of the Whitehurst Freeway.

The small but formal park and memorial to Francis Scott Key was built by the Francis Scott Key Foundation and donated to the National Park Service in 1993.

Last updated: February 8, 2017